Courts and Crime
Poached deer racks up improbable nine-year political, financial scramble
Osage County landowners end nine-year fight with ownership of poached trophy deer antlers and reimbursement of $16,001 paid the state for the rack.
Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family
WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws. Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]
Kansas contemplating $200-$250 million overhaul of law enforcement training facility
TOPEKA — Proposed modernization of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson at a cost of $200 million to $250 million would adhere to curriculum and instructional reforms necessary to prepare a new generation of public-safety officers, officials said. Implementation of a campus master plan — the first since the center was authorized in […]
Governor signs bill honoring memory of abused Kansas boy fed to hogs by father
In memory of murdered Kansas boy fed to hogs, Gov. Kelly signs bill requiring visual inspection of allegedly abused children.
Rep. Samsel hit with three counts of battery in Wellsville school fracas
Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, is charged with three misdemeanor counts of battery for peculiar incident at Wellsville High School.
Kansas governor signs bills for first-time homebuyers, elder abuse, rural development, new sex crimes
Gov. Laura Kelly signed an assortment of legislation Monday dealing with first-time homebuyers, elder abuse, tax preparations, rural opportunity zones, and new crimes for sexual extortion and sexual battery of a spouse. The seven bills, some of them representing bundles of policy revisions, all passed both chambers by wide margins earlier this month before lawmakers […]
Johnson County sheriff endorses Schmidt in GOP governor’s race
Kansas gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt nails endorsement in rival Colyer's back yard -- seizing backing from Johnson County sheriff.
Kansas House member ordered not to set foot on Wellsville school property for one year
Republican Rep. Mark Samsel ordered to stay away from Wellsville schools for one year after arrest tied to his work as a substitute teacher.
Genesis Health Clubs fined $15K for unsolicited telemarketing calls
TOPEKA — Genesis Health Clubs Management Inc. was fined $15,000 for violating the Kansas No-Call Act, the Attorney General’s office announced on Friday. The Wichita-based company operates at least 55 clubs in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma, with 22 facilities in 13 cities in Kansas. The company is owned by Rodney Steven, a well-known […]
New law helps drivers with suspended licenses get back on the road
TOPEKA — A new law now in effect gives Kansans with suspended driver’s licenses a clearer avenue to get back on the road. Under the law, Kansans who are struggling to pay fines and fees can ask a Judge to reduce or waive the charges based on hardships. The law also removes a 90-day suspension or […]
Kansas Republican pushes back against Trump’s caustic attack on Cheney
Kansas GOP legislator rebukes former President Donald Trump for toxic attack on character of U.S. Rep. Lynn Cheney of Wyoming.
Kansas lawmakers make sexual extortion a crime, raise penalties for eluding police
TOPEKA — A criminal justice bill passed by the House and Senate makes sexual extortion a crime, enforces stronger penalties for attempting to elude a police officer and allows a spouse to be charged with sexual battery. Senate Bill 60 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, although some lawmakers took issue with a provision that amends […]